About Me

Kathleen Murray, Freelance WriterYou can find my resume here.   In the meantime, here are five things you need to know about me:
 
Before I was a writer…

I was a CPA. Turns out I didn’t care much for accounting, but understanding finance got me my first reporting job - evaluating millionaires and billionaires for the Forbes 400. I covered the economy, banking and employment as a staff writer for The Orange County Register in Santa Ana, California, before becoming a regular contributor to The New York Times business section. My background also helps me understand the needs and objectives of corporate and nonprofit clients.

I feel fortunate to have…

Extensive international experience.  Prior to settling down near Washington, D.C., I studied Spanish in Mexico and spent several years living in London and Beijing.  Along the way, I freelanced for Time, edited an international economics journal and learned to speak Mandarin Chinese. This background has come in handy on projects as diverse as speechwriting for an international women's conference to a book on the importance of cultural understanding for business success.  

I pride myself on…

Being able to capture voices. It’s something I emphasized while teaching financial reporting at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  Numbers are critical, but getting the people right – and conveying what they’re trying to say – is just as important. That’s true whether I’m profiling bond guru Bill Gross for The New York Times, ghostwriting a business book, or developing a script for a promotional event.

In my spare time…

I teach English as a second language. I also work with offenders, an interest that dates back to the first time I interned as a probation officer in college.  I’ve always been curious about why people cross the line and the possibility of redemption. Until recently, I taught an employment skills class for inmates at the local jail. I helped them prepare resumes and conducted mock job interviews. I also created a blog to assist my students and other former felons in starting over.

My other passion is…

Writing fiction.  Like many aspiring novelists, the draft of my first attempt is safely interred in a desk drawer. I’m currently working on a second novel set in China.